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Surrealism, Magic Realism & Inspired Works

July 21 - September 23, 2016

Michael Bergt (b. 1956), Slippin’ N’ Slidin’, 1990
Michael Bergt (b. 1956), Pegged, 1990
Eugene Berman (1899-1972), New York, 1936
Virginia Berresford (1904-1995), Circus, circa 1930-1940
Eugene Berman (1899-1972), Rochers Du Val d’Enfer,  1933
Aaron Bohrod (1907-1992), Abandonment, 1963
Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967)   , Bee Hepaticas, circa 1962                                                                              
Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000), Mary Anne Moore, 1932
Brian Connelly (1926-1963), A Night Garden, 1955
Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), The Enchanted Shore, 1895
Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928), Shining Oceansides, 1910
John D. Graham (1881-1961), Untitled (Head of Medusa), circa 1950s
O. Louis Guglielmi (1906-1956), Elements of the Street, 1947
James Guy (1909-1983), Escape, 1938
James Guy (1909-1983), Intellectual Merry-Go-Round, 1940
Alex Katz (b. 1927), Study for ‘Smile Again’, circa 1964
John Mottram (1903-1956), The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness, circa 1930s-early 1940s
Walter Murch (1907-1967), Glass, 1954
Walter Murch (1907-1967), Study for Octahedron
Priscilla Warren Roberts (1916-2001), China Doll, circa 1960s
Priscilla Warren Roberts (1916-2001), The Race, circa 1960s
Ethel Schwabacher (1903-1984), Surrealist Composition, 1935
Robert Vickrey (1926-2011)                         , Casement Window Patterns, circa 1965-1970
Robert Vickrey (1926-2011)                         , Frisbee Thrower, circa 1965-70
Robert Vickrey (1926-2011), Interlude, circa 1976
Vaclav Vytlacil (1892-1984), Landscape with Houses and Trees, circa 1924

Press Release

Debra Force Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition exploring the artistic movements of Surrealism, Magic Realism and works by other twentieth-century American artists who took inspiration from these movements.


O. Louis Guglielmi creates a Surrealist scene incorporating exaggerated architectural elements and a bizarre figure emerging from the street, while Eugene Berman shows a solitary figure dwarfed by a landscape filled with ruins. James Guy’s densely packed paintings explore social issues and isolation in the 1930s, while a work from the same period by Ethel Schwabacher draws on the artist’s interest in psychoanalysis to create a composition including images drawn from her unconscious. California artist John Mottram focusses on a blue rose floating in a dramatic sky, while Brian Connelly’s night garden scene includes the artist’s self-portrait in the reflection of a silver globe.   


Magic Realist artists Paul Cadmus, George Tooker, and Robert Vickrey use figures as their dominate theme, incorporating a sense of alienation and mystery in egg tempera paintings common among artists of this genre. Cadmus’ dedication to the precise draftsmanship of the human form contrasts with the modeled forms and mask-like faces of those found in Tooker’s work. In Vickrey’s paintings a solitary figure, often a child or a nun, is shown against a barren wall or street filled with geometric patterns. A young Michael Bergt greatly admired the work of Paul Cadmus and the two exhibited together at the Midtown Gallery in New York City.


Other artists in the exhibition include Virginia Berresford, Aaron Bohrod, Charles Burchfield, Clarence Holbrook Carter, John D. Graham, Walter Murch, Priscilla Roberts, and John Wilde, among others.